Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer, and producer who is best remembered for his innovative work in theatre, radio, and film. His best theatre role was in the 1937 Broadway play ‘Caesar’. His 1938 broadcast of the radio drama ‘The War of the Worlds’ had caused mass panic at the time and is now considered a legend. In 1941, he co-wrote, produced, directed and starred in the mystery drama film ‘Citizen Kane’, his first feature film as a director, which is widely considered as one of the best films ever made.
The success of his directorial venture prompted him to direct a dozen more feature film throughout his career, among which most successful were ‘The Magnificent Ambersons’ (1942), ‘Touch of Evil’ (1958), and ‘Chimes at Midnight’ (1966). He also received praise for ‘The Lady from Shanghai’ (1947) and ‘F for Fake’ (1973). However, his 1943 film ‘Journey into Fear’ was a commercial failure, while his 1946 film ‘The Stranger’ became a box-office his immediately upon its release. His filmography as an actor includes many of his own films as well as ‘Jane Eyre’ (1943), ‘The Third Man’ (1949), ‘Casino Royale’ (1967), and ‘A Man for All Seasons’ (1966).